crazy sunflower i did not plant

This is a sunflower plant that is in my backyard right now. It's not just any sunflower plant. It is a crazy freakish one that wont stop blooming tons of flowers on one stalk! Im talking about 15 flowers right now. And to make it even more strange, I did not plant it. I in fact have no clue how it is possible. I think it may be from a bird feeder that Raquel made at preschool in the spring that we hung about a foot away. Maybe it was a silly bird that knows sunflowers are my favorite... flores del sol... get it?

sorry if you follow on facebook/ instagram and have already seen this. 
i am @floresdelsol on instagram. Instagram, probably the reason why my blogging has slowed!

happy monday!

touring an orchid farm

I had the opportunity to take an impromptu tour of Plainview Growers which specializes in 'Pure Beauty Orchids' or potted phalaenopsis orchids. There are rows upon rows of gorgeous Taiwanese breeds of orchids in different stages of bloom in massive greenhouses. 13 acres to be precise. It was a breathtaking rainbow of beauty to behold.
baby orchids just starting:
waiting to bloom:
classic white phalaenopsis in bloom:
and the varieties of colors they offer:
 The vibrant blue variety above is done by 'colorfuze'. A process in which the literally infuse the color into the orchid. I was able to watch the infuzors at work. They literally put color dye into the little plastic vessels below with the die solution in that plastic bucket below and directly insert it into the bottom of a classic white phaleanopsis orchid. The orchid then soaks up the dye and brightly shows the vibrant hues.
 Plainview Grower's 'Colorfuzed' orchids are one of two licensed growers in the US that offer the unique process, so chances are if you have seen these, they are from this grower in Plainview New Jersey! 

The variety of hues of colorfuzed orchids they offer:
 Orchids potted and getting ready to ship:
 ready to go:
 I was at the grocery store a few days ago and saw a few of the orchids above for sale. I was like a little kid, giddy and excited that I have seen how they grow and where they come from.

hydrangea block

there is a long row, a full block of hydrangea bushes in bloom that someone has planted a few blocks from my home. It is gorgeous. The hydrangeas are mostly blue and purples with some light pinks. I find myself purposefully driving by that way just to see them. I took Raquel's 5 year birthday photos at them. I have a feeling they will not last much longer in this hot and dry weather we've been having.
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